How to use Firefox Send

Sending larger files doesn't get much easier than Mozilla's new service, Firefox Send.

How to use Firefox Send Sending larger files doesn't get much easier than Mozilla's new service, Firefox Send. Jack Wallen shows you how it's done.

Email is great for sending small files. But what happens when you need to send a larger file to a contact, client, friend, or family member? Chances of your email hosting provider allowing files up to 2.5 GB are slim to none. You could upload the file to your cloud provider and then share a link, but those large files might consume the remainder of your precious storage space on your account. So what are you going to do?

You could turn to Mozilla's new sharing service, Firefox Send. This new tool allows you to send files up to 2.5 GB and do so using end-to-end encryption. And for those who are paranoid about data theft, you get to determine when that file is no longer available, so there's no concern of your precious data remaining on a third-party server for someone's prying eyes.

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Set up

But how do you use Firefox Send? Easy. Let me show you. The first thing you must do is have a Firefox account. This is the same account used to sync your Firefox browsers. Once you have those account credentials in hand, go to send.firefox.com and log in.

You can then either upload the file by clicking Select files to upload, or by dragging and dropping the file from your file manager. Select your options (when the file will expire, and if you want to protect the file with a password) and click Upload.

Once you upload the file, you'll receive a link to share with the recipient. Copy that link and paste it into an email, and you're good to go. After the file is uploaded and the link created, you can also manually delete the file by clicking the associated X. This can come in handy if you change your mind or accidentally upload the wrong file.

And that's all there is to using Firefox Send. This is an incredibly handy service to have at the ready, especially when you're in need of sharing larger files. Thank you, Mozilla, for Firefox Send.

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By Jack Wallen

Jack Wallen is an award-winning writer for TechRepublic and Linux.com. He’s an avid promoter of open source and the voice of The Android Expert. For more news about Jack Wallen, visit his website jackwallen.com.